Category: Energy – Regulatory

Just in Time for the Holidays: The Potentially Costly Gift of Standing Before the Alberta Utilities Commission

December 10, 2014

  In ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd v. Alberta (Utilities Commission) (ATCO Costs), the Alberta Court of Appeal considered the relationship between the common law concept of the “regulatory compact” and the statutory discretionary authority granted to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC or Commission) with respect to legal costs. Under ATCO Costs, the AUC has the authority to limit or…

B.C.’s Draft Legislation to Implement LNG Tax – Many Answers, Some Questions

November 3, 2014

  On October 21, 2014, the B.C. government released draft legislation introducing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) income tax (LNG Tax) on liquefaction activities that take place at LNG facilities in the province. The draft legislation provides details of the proposed new tax and answers questions that were left open in the high level discussion of the tax in the…

B.C. Introduces New GHG Regulations, Focuses on LNG Facilities

October 23, 2014

  On October 20, 2014 the British Columbia government introduced new legislation to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industrial operations. Bill 2, the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Actmarks a significant shift in the province’s approach to GHGs and more closely aligns B.C. with the approach taken by Alberta and the federal government. Of note, the bill proposes…

New Regulations a Gas for B.C.’s LNG Participants

August 28, 2014

  British Columbia’s oil and gas regulator, the BC Oil & Gas Commission (Commission), recently enacted theLiquefied Natural Gas Facility Regulation (Regulation) pursuant to section 111(2) of the Oil and Gas Activities Act. The Regulation is the latest in a series of regulatory developments aimed at formalizing and clarifying the provincial government’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Strategy that was released…

Update: Alberta Licensee Liability Rating Program Imposes Financial Challenges for Junior Oil & Gas Companies

June 13, 2014

  This is an update to our September 2013 Blakes Bulletin: Increases to Alberta Licensee Liability Rating Program.   Effective February 28, 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has implemented the Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program Management Plan (PMP). The PMP complements the changes made to the LLR program in the first part of 2013, which require oil and gas operators…

Dazed and Confused: Alberta Arbitration Board Disagrees on How to Apply Top Court Ruling on Alcohol and Drug Testing

June 12, 2014

The Alberta Arbitration Board’s (Board) decision on random alcohol and drug testing in Unifor, Local 707A v. Suncor Energy Inc., Oil Sands has attracted significant media attention and commentary, following in the wake of the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on random alcohol testing last year. A majority of the Board held that Suncor Energy’s proposed implementation of random alcohol and drug…

B.C.’s Proposed LNG Tax – Some Answers, Many Questions

March 3, 2014

  The recent British Columbia budget (the budget) included a basic framework for a new income tax on the liquefaction of natural gas at LNG facilities in the province (LNG Tax). The LNG Tax will apply to LNG that is to be exported from B.C. or consumed in B.C. and to the liquefaction in B.C. of gas produced in B.C….